South Carolina Oyster Restoration and Enhancement
South Carolina Department of Natural Resources

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Restoration Sites

More than 225 oyster reefs have been constructed at 69 sites as part of the SCORE program since May 2001! The sites span 200 miles of coastline from Murrell's Inlet to Hilton Head,South Carolina. All of the reefs were constructed by community volunteers working under the direction of the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR). Accomplishments to date include the following:

  • More than 60,000 volunteer hours donated by more than 25,000 individuals
  • Collected and processed more than 600 reef samples containing more than 300,000 spat in annual reef assessments.
  • Recycled and bagged over 50,000 bushels of oyster shell
  • Returned more than 1,100 tons of oyster shell to the local waters by constructing more than 3 acres of oyster habitat
  • Teams of trained volunteers monitor water quality weekly at many restoration sites
  • More than 4200 students have grown and transplanted marsh grass
  • Marsh grass is filling in behind many SCORE reefs
  • In 2013 SCORE received a Captain Pride award from Charleston County‚Äôs Community Pride, INC
  • SCORE received the prestigious Coastal America Partnership Award in 2004.

Please click on individual sites below for more information.  For photos of the restoration sites visit our media gallery